Cape Town - Yet another SANDF member has been arrested, this time following a cash-in-transit heist at a petrol station in Oudtshoorn on July 19.
The 36-year-old captain, attached to the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, was arrested on Friday. He will be the fourth suspect to be charged after three suspects were arrested shortly after the incident.
The arrest was made by the Hawks National Priority Violent Crimes team (NPVC), together with the Attaqua K9 Unit from Oudtshoorn after security guards from Fidelity Cash Solutions were robbed while collecting cash from a petrol station.
One of the security guards was accosted by two armed suspects while on his way back to his armoured vehicle. He was disarmed of his service pistol and robbed of a bag containing cash.
“Minutes after the robbery, the Hawks team stopped a Nissan Sentra and arrested three occupants. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of the security guard’s stolen firearm and a sealed money bag containing the stolen cash, along with a second firearm which had its serial number filed off.
The Hawks team also found a full set of SANDF uniforms in the Nissan Sentra. None of the three occupants were soldiers. A loyal service medal was pinned to the jacket with the name and rank of the SANDF member,” said Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani.
Further probing revealed that the vehicle that was used in the robbery, a white Toyota Tazz fitted with false number plates, had been driven by the SANDF member, she said.
“The white Toyota Tazz sped away from the crime scene and stopped next to a silver/blue Nissan Sentra and the stolen goods were transferred from the Toyota Tazz to the Nissan Sentra. On July 21, the Hawks team followed up on information received from Oudtshoorn detectives on the whereabouts of the Toyota Tazz used in the robbery. The Tazz was found parked inside a garage of a residence in Oudtshoorn, not far from the Infantry School. The set of false number plates used in the robbery was found inside the vehicle.”
Hani said this led to the arrest of the SANDF member who is expected to appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.